Military and Civilian Disease Outbreaks: A Comparative Analysis


Using influenza like illness (ILI) data from the repository held by AFHSC, and publically available malaria data we characterized similarities and differences between military and civilian outbreaks. Pete Riley et al. utilized a similar ILI dataset to investigate civilian and military outbreaks similarity during the 2009 flu epidemic. They found, overall, high similarity between civilian and military outbreaks, with military peaking roughly one week after civilian. Our analysis is meant to extend their analysis temporally, geographically, and to see if such trends hold true for other diseases.


Compare and contrast military and civilian outbreaks for malaria and influenza like illness to identify indicators for early warning and detection

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December, 2015

September 11, 2017

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